POD415 Evidence Based Practice in Podiatry (8)

This subject provides final year students with the opportunity to critically appraise and reflect on contexts and issues relevant to the contemporary practice of podiatry. Students will extend foundational knowledge of research to critically evaluate the value of podiatry practice knowledge. Critique of a range of relevant research methodologies will enable students to further develop skills in evaluating the evidence base. Students will have the opportunity to research a contemporary issue of relevance to the podiatry profession and will undertake a review of the literature. This subject will facilitate the student's communication skills through oral presentation of a literature review to a group of peers, academics and practitioners. The purpose of this subject is to facilitate skill development in the use of online databases, critical analysis of the literature and writing for research, to encourage non-Honours students to consider their role as potential practitioner-researchers. This subject enables students to transition from the role of student to the role of new graduate podiatrist.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: POD415. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Community Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine



Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically evaluate the role of research and evidence-based practice in informing practice knowledge
  • be able to critically analyse the use of a range of research methodologies used to explore podiatric practice
  • be able to critique a contemporary practice issue in podiatry from a quality improvement perspective
  • be able to communicate a critical review of practice knowledge effectively to an audience of peers, academics and practitioners
  • be able to critically reflect on and self-evaluate their contribution to practice as a new graduate podiatrist
  • be able to demonstrate the threshold English language, literacy and numeracy proficiencies required for podiatry practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Effective use of databases - literature review and identifying the scope of practice knowledge
  • Critical review of practice knowledge in podiatry and the broader evidence base in health
  • Critical review of research methodologies used to interrogate podiatric practice
  • Writing for research
  • Effective communication of research - written format; oral presentation

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of POD415 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Critiquing research methods
Oral presentation
Literature review

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.